Southwell

England, United Kingdom

Latest Stories

Mental health absences rise among ambulance staff

The number of East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) staff taking sick leave due to poor mental health is on the rise, new figures suggest.

EMAS
BBC

The figures released to the BBC under the Freedom of Information Act show 431 members of EMAS staff took leave due to issues such as stress, anxiety and depression between 2014-19.

Ambulance service bosses say it's partly down to the level of abuse workers receive while doing their job.

The government say it's funding a number of initiatives for emergency workers to tackle stigma around mental health.

The Reverend Kev Charles, chaplain and staff support lead at EMAS, says support is in place:

We became the first ambulance service in the country to sign the 'Blue Light Pledge' which is to fight the stigma of mental health in the workplace. We also use a ambulance service charity which offers one-on-one counselling."

The Reverend Kev CharlesChaplain and staff support lead, EMAS

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Once the rain moves out of the East Midlands, there should be some decent spells of sunshine this afternoon.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Flood warnings as levels rise

David Pittam

BBC News Online

The Environment Agency has put a flood warning in place for Proctor's Caravan Park in Barrow Upon Soar.

River levels are rising following heavy rain and are expected to remain high into tomorrow.

Flooding map
Gov.uk

Elsewhere, a van got stuck in floodwater on Middleton Street in Leicester and had to be rescued by the fire service.

And you know things are bad when the sign warning the road is closed is now mostly submerged, as is the case at Rufford Mill Ford in Nottinghamshire.

Rufford Mill Ford
Gareth Parsons

Car flips over after hitting telegraph pole on A617

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

A woman had to be freed from her car after it hit a telegraph pole and ended up on its side on the A617 at Kirklington.

Ambulance crews treated the motorist at the scene following the crash at 21:00 last night but her injuries are not thought to be life-threatening or life-altering.

Work to recover the Ford Ka and make the fallen telegraph lines safe is under way.

The road, which is currently closed in both directions between Hockerton and Kirklington, is expected to remain shut for some time.

Car on its side
Southwell Fire Station

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It's going to be much drier today across the East Midlands and we might even get a bit of sunshine later.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Restoration work begins on Clumber Park bridge

Heather Burman

BBC News

Restoration work has begun on a 250-year-old bridge at Clumber Park, which was badly damaged when a car was deliberately driven into it.

Clumber Park ornamental bridge
National Trust

The National Trust, which owns Clumber Park, said the ornamental bridge would be closed to pedestrians and cyclists today and Tuesday.

Most of the bridge's balustrade went into the River Poulter, in March 2018, leaving the National Trust with a huge repair bill.

The stone was retrieved from the water at the park, near Worksop, and part of it will be used in the restoration.

A 27-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and arson with intent to endanger life.

He was also detained on suspicion of theft of a vehicle and was later released on bail.

Windows smashed at Newark Castle railway station

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

A number of windows have been smashed at a railway station in Nottinghamshire.

British Transport Police said the criminal damage at Newark Castle was reported at 06:09 this morning.

The force said they are investigating the vandalism, which is believed to have happened overnight.

Smashed rail windows
BBC

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

It's going to be rather wet and windy today.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for heavy rain - that's valid from about 12:00 to just before midnight tonight.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

We're waking up to a band of rain across the East Midlands, which could become heavy and persistent going into the afternoon.

Tonight there will be lows of 9C.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Owl dies after chimney rescue in Southwell

Alex Regan

BBC News

A tawny owl died after falling down a chimney and becoming trapped in a log burner, the RSPCA has said.

The charity said one of its officers, Hayley Day (pictured), was sent to the address in Bath Lane, Southwell, on Sunday.

Ms Day said she could see the bird's legs poking down from the top of the log burner.

The animal was covered in soot, had a graze to his shoulder bone and was "clearly underweight".

Ms Day added: "The soot had also gone in his eyes causing bad irritation and he was quite underweight so I believe he may have been trapped for sometime. He probably got the graze on his shoulder as he tried to free himself.”

The owl was taken to an RSPCA wildlife centre in Nantwich but his condition did not improve.

He collapsed later that day and vets decided to put him to sleep to end his suffering.

Hayley Day with owl
RSPCA

Ms Day said: "I believe the owl may have nested at the top of the chimney.

"The householder who rents the property said the chimney was capped but sometimes birds can make their way through cracks so it is always worth having checks carried out to avoid these kind of sad situations."

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It's continuing to look like an unsettled picture across the East Midlands with some scattered showers, so keep your brolly handy.

We can expect highs of 14C during the day and tonight there will be lows of 12C, with more scattered showers.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

The autumnal theme is continuing over the course of the day with some scattered blustery showers expected.

We can also expect quite a few sunny spells across the region with highs of 14C, tonight there will be lows of 7C.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Knife crime rates fall in Nottinghamshire

Alex Regan

BBC News

Recorded knife crime has fallen in Nottinghamshire, the county's force has said.

Nottinghamshire Police said there had been a reduction of 8.7%.

It comes after a BBC investigation revealed Nottingham was one of the 25 most dangerous places in England and Wales for serious knife crime.

Knife crimes
Getty Images

According to Nottinghamshire Police, offences fell from 882 to 805 in the 12 months up to the end of September 2019.

The force said education programmes at primary and secondary schools have contributed to the reduction.

Chief Constable Craig Guildford said: "Nottinghamshire Police treats knife crime extremely seriously and has a track record of investing resources in tackling the issue.

"We have a dedicated knife crime team who have a high positive outcome rate from stop and search activity because of their intelligence-led approach."

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

There is a slightly brighter day on the cards today. We should see quite a bit of sunshine, but later on through this morning and afternoon we can expect some showers, and it could be quite heavy at times.

Temperatures will reach highs of 16C during the day, and lows of 8C are expected this evening.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Horses found after fears they had been stolen

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

Two horses have been found after they went missing from a paddock overnight in Nottinghamshire.

Owner Jackie Gill, who lives in Cossall, near Ilkeston, believed the pair - named Billy and Charlie - had been stolen.

She had even offered a reward for their return but thanks to a social media post, the horses have been located.

Billy and Charlie
Jackie Gill

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

We can expect some unsettling weather for the start of the week due to a band of low pressure moving across the UK.

Rain will move from the East and linger over the Midlands into the afternoon, with spray and standing water on the roads expected.

There will be highs of 14C and dryer weather overnight, with lows of 9C.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

M1 closures causing congestion on surrounding roads

David Pittam

BBC News Online

The crashes on the M1 are having a knock-on affect on the surrounding roads as traffic approaches or tries to avoid the motorway.

Near the crash in Derbyshire between junctions 28 and 29 there are long tail-backs on roads including the A38 in both directions.

Traffic map
Google

To the south, where the M1 southbound is shut between J20 and J19, traffic is building as far north as Leicester, 10 miles (15km) away.

The situation is not helped by a vehicle breaking down and blocking a lane in the approach to the crash.

Traffic map
Google

Rail contract ban dispute heading to court

Press Association

Bus and train operator Stagecoach has said it will take legal action over being blocked from bidding for three rail franchises.

The Department for Transport (DfT) barred the firm from bidding for the East Midlands, West Coast and South Eastern contracts over pension deficit concerns.

East Midlands Railway
BBC

Stagecoach said: "We continue to pursue our claims against the Secretary of State for Transport regarding his decisions to disqualify us from three rail franchise competitions.

"The three cases are due to be heard in the High Court in early 2020."

The DfT said it had "total confidence" in its processes and Stagecoach "knowingly submitted non-compliant bids".

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

It will be reasonably bright this morning but unsettled weather is on the way.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

After yesterday's rain, today looks set to be somewhat sunnier.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

We're expecting more heavy rain but it should ease off later in the day.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Council loses appeal against special needs ruling

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Nottinghamshire County Council has lost its appeal against a tribunal ruling that stated it needed to provide extra educational support to a six-year-old boy with autism in the shape of an education, health and care plan (EHC).

When an EHC is deemed necessary, local authorities are legally obliged to come up with a plan setting out the child's special educational needs, target outcomes and the special provision required.

Nottinghamshire County Hall
BBC

The council had argued an EHC was not necessary as the boy had been making progress at school with the existing provision in place.

It appealed against the decision on the grounds the law had been misinterpreted by the first-tier tribunal.

However, the appeal was dismissed by the Upper Tribunal and the original decision will be upheld.

Hundreds of weapons recovered in knife amnesty

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

Samurai swords, axes, machetes and Tasers were some of the weapons handed in during a knife amnesty in Nottinghamshire.

A total of 949 weapons were dropped off at 25 bins across the county last week, Nottinghamshire Police said.

In March, 635 weapons were handed in, with 418 surrendered in September 2018.

Officers searching for knives during an amnesty week
Nottinghamshire Police

During the week, other operations also took place, resulting in 49 people being arrested - including 12 for knife-related offences.

Officers stopped and searched 232 people, in which eight knives were seized, and gave 58 educational awareness sessions to schoolchildren.

Trading Standards carried out test purchases at 11 shops, with two failing by selling a knife to a child.

A further 34 blades were recovered during weapons sweeps in open spaces and 18 in an operation targeting illegally imported weapons.

Taser
Nottinghamshire Police

Assistant chief constable Kate Meynell, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: "The support of our partners, community groups and individuals who have disposed of knives has made this possible and I'd like to thank everyone for their help."

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Anna Church

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

After a bright morning, we're expecting heavy rain and strong winds later.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a wet and windy day with a chance of thunderstorms.

Here's your full forecast...

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Man dies after car crashes into tree

Liam Barnes

BBC News

A man has died after a car he was travelling in crashed into a tree in Walkeringham.

Nottinghamshire Police said they were called to Stockwith Road at about 22:45 last night following reports of a collision.

The driver of the car and another passenger were both taken to hospital, a force spokesman said, and officers are appealing for any witnesses to get in touch.

Stockwith Road Walkeringham
Google

Warning over Thomas Cook scammers

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Action Fraud is warning criminals may be taking advantage of Thomas Cook going into liquidation by using it as an opportunity to request personal or financial details from customers.

Phone and computer
Getty Images

Nottinghamshire Police said its cybercrime team has received reports from the public where people are trying to target those impacted by the travel company collapsing.

This involves promises of full refunds once you confirm your card details.

Kirsty Jackson, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: "If you receive a telephone call from someone saying they're from Thomas Cook, asking for your card details for a refund – hang up and block the number."

Both Derbyshire and Leicestershire forces told the BBC they are not aware of anyone being affected by the reported scam.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

There is more wet and windy weather on the way with some dry spells between the showers.

Here's the full forecast...

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

'Public health' unit for region's violent crime

Kit Sandeman

Local Democracy Reporter

Nottinghamshire is to be among the third wave of regions to get its own Violence Reduction Unit (VRU).

The new body - made up of police officers and city and county council staff - has been set up with the aim of tackling the root causes of serious violence in the city and county.

Rather than police dealing with each violent crime as and when it happens, the idea is to take a more preventative approach.

The VRU's work will be "evidence and data-based" – essentially looking at which factors make serious violent crime more likely, and then looking to predict and prevent where it is more likely to occur.

A knife
Getty

The VRU uses what’s known as a "public health" approach, borrowed from conventional healthcare.

Public health is essentially the idea that encouraging people to look after themselves properly in the first place is better for everyone than treating them afterwards.

Already two cities have been using a public health approach to tackle violence – Glasgow for about a decade and London for a year.

Now, Nottinghamshire and 17 other areas are set to follow suit, and the new group has just been given just under a million pounds by the government to fund it until the end of March.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Another damp morning today, but there may be light at the end of the tunnel.

The rain will gradually clear away and there may be a chance of some sunshine.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It's a soggy start with heavy rain around this morning, but it should clear during the afternoon.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands